UP presents three outdoor readings in Isham Park this summer. First UP:
Saturday, June 24th @ 4pm – Arthur Miller’s “Incident at Vichy.”
This profoundly stirring drama about a room full of “suspects” rounded up by French police during Nazi occupation is timelier than ever.
Refreshments following the reading. Bring your lawn chair!
Join us for this one, and our other two:
July 8 – “No Knowing Where We’re Rowing” by Sarah Congress
July 22 – “King Lear” adapted by Barry Dunleavey
With support from the Partnerships for Parks Inwood Parks Grant, made possible by Columbia University]]>
“Funny and entertaining. Riveting…”
Jamie Saunders, Devin E. Haqq, Max Lebow
“This was incredible. This is the type of theater that I live for.”
Mariette Strauss, Max Lebow
“I am willing to see 10 Bad Plays in a row if it means I get to see a hidden gem like this every once in a while.”
Max Lebow, Andrew Manning, Jamie Saunders
“…extremely well executed”
Set by Frank Oliva. Lighting by Duane Pagano. Costumes by Janet Mervin.
“…the set was perfect.”
Read all the reviews at SHOW SCORE.
Sit tight after the show and discuss the play with its creators, playwright Kirby Fields and director Alex Keegan. Brush up on their thoughts HERE. And HERE.
You could win a $25 gift card to a local eatery just for showing up this Thursday!
LOST/NOT FOUND is now playing through May 19. Learn more here.
Broadway World has an exclusive look into the rehearsals for UP’s upcoming production, LOST/NOT FOUND. Check out their photo gallery here.
LOST/NOT FOUND opens May 3 at The Garret at Ft. Washington Collegiate Church.
“I hope, at the end, the audience would understand why they did what they did, even if they don’t necessarily agree with it.”
Read the full interview here.
Kirby’s latest, “Lost/Not Found” opens on May 3rd and runs through May 19th.
(Note: The cover pic is from Kirby’s “K Comma Joseph” – a smash for UP in 2012.)]]>
Kirby, a lot has changed in the world since you showed us the first draft of Lost/Not Found in the summer of 2014. As you’ve re-written it for this production, have you done so with an ear on current events? And does the play resonate in ways that it didn’t back when you began it?
KIRBY: The script has evolved in a way that it probably would have no matter who had won the election. However, I do think themes have emerged throughout the process that have taken on a different sense of urgency in light of the country’s shifting dynamics. An audience member who had seen the draft that preceded the November election might have walked away thinking that the play was concerned with affordable housing in New York City, which would have been a fair takeaway. Given the scope of challenges that the country currently faces, however, that probably won’t be at the fore of someone’s mind who sees the play now. At the risk of being presumptuous, an audience member who sees the current version is more likely to interpret it on a national scale, as a portrayal of an entire subset of the population that is being, at best, ignored and, at worst, discarded.
Alex, you and Kirby have worked together before when you directed his comedy, Steal This Play. Can you identify any quirks or tendencies common to both that we might call “Kirby-esque?”
ALEX: Kirby has a knack for dialogue, especially fun, comedic banter that’s underscored by something far more intimate or sinister. When I first read Lost/Not Found I was stifling laughter while also absolutely distressed about the situations the characters found themselves in. We had a conversation early on about the characters’ likability. The characters in this play, as in Steal This Play, are complex and often drawn to unethical choices, yet they are also charming, which creates a dilemma for an audience. On the one hand, we’re aware that much of what the characters are doing is ethically questionable; on the other hand, we like them and understand the circumstances that brought them to these choices. In this way, he invites audiences into their world without prescribing judgment. He also writes with an incredibly specific tone that’s fun to capture in the staging.
Kirby, you live in Washington Heights, the neighborhood where the play takes place, and blocks away from where it will be performed. Does that put an extra spring in your step now as you walk down Broadway?
KIRBY: Of course I have extra pep in my step going to and from rehearsal. On some nights I’m even able to have dinner with my wife and kids beforehand. Frank Oliva, our set designer extraordinaire, also lives uptown, and he mentioned that he has never had an opportunity to work on a show that he can walk to. And, yes, the play itself is very much rooted in the neighborhood. The GW Bridge and the Little Red Lighthouse play a big part. La Marina gets a veiled shout-out, and the characters live on 187th Street. Meanwhile, we are rehearsing at a church on the corner of 181st and Ft. Washington, and even changed a line to reference a certain pizzeria across the street. But the best part is blasting out invites to friends who live in the area: “Come see UP’s new show. You have to cross exactly one street and you’re there!”
Alex, your career focuses almost exclusively on new work. Why so?
ALEX: I enjoy the challenge of building the world in which the playwright’s narrative and characters will first live. I often find myself asking of new plays questions like – why does the scene proceed? Why doesn’t she leave in this moment? Of course you can ask the same questions of classics, but there’s an immediacy to interrogating new work that I find thrilling. When we find the answers to these “whys” in rehearsal—when a re-write provides clarity, or we sort out a character’s narrative arc, and all of us fully understand why these characters stay on stage together, why the scene proceeds—there’s something triumphant about it, that moment when a new play clicks.
With less than three weeks to go until the opening night of Kirby Fields’s LOST/NOT FOUND, the press is starting to pick up on UP’s spring production.
Broadway World has a sneak peek of the cast here.
Stage Buddy has an event page all lined up.
And Uptown Collective has all the info on LOST/NOT FOUND here. (And while you’re there, check out their glowing review of EPIC POETRY.)
LOST/NOT FOUND by Kirby Fields, directed by Alex Keegan, opens Wednesday, May 3 at 8:00PM at The Garret at Fort Washington Collegiate.
Three twenty-somethings from Washington Heights “rescue” a missing girl and detain her, while the growing reward for her return offers visions of riches. What they learn about themselves may prove to be a more valuable bounty.
“I’m the one who found her. I should be allowed to do with her whatever I want.”
Andrew Manning *Bill Gartrell
“This is once-in-a-lifetime type shit and I’m not letting this opportunity pass me by.”
“It is about the money. Even if you’re the only one who can’t see it.”
“Think you got the world by the balls. Long before you realize you’re the ones getting squeezed.”
” . . . “
*Appear courtesy Actors’ Equity Association]]>
All performances at 8pm
May 3 – 6, 10 – 13 (Wed. – Sat.)
May 16 – 19 (Tues. – Fri.)
The Garret at Ft. Washington Collegiate Church
729 West 181st Street
A train to 181st
Set Design – Frank Oliva
Costume Design – Janet Mervin
Lighting Design – Duane Pagano
Sound Design – David Margolin Lawson
Graphic Design – Mary Ann Wincorkowski
Production Stage Manager – Lisa Stafford
* appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association/Equity approved showcase]]>